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California is on fire!

Wildfires have be decimating Northern California and continue to cause a lot of issues around the state. While the devastation is obvious on the ground, the extend is not realized until you see it from the air. These drone videos really give a you feeling as to just

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Thirty two hour flight record for Aerovel Flexrotor VTOL

Long range and endurance are capabilities not often associated with VTOL aircraft. But Aerovel’s unmanned Flexrotor, a unique miniature tailsitter, is cut from a different cloth. Last week a Flexrotor named for the sea nymph Actaea lifted off into a grey and rainy morning with 7.5 kg of fuel onboard.

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Consortiq Delivers UK First for BVLoS Operations

Consortiq has completed the delivery of a beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) drone training course to the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI), in what is believed to be the first example of routine training of this type undertaken outside of segregated airspace for emergency services in the UK.

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Swedish Drone Ban Lifted

In the autumn of 2016, the Swedish Supreme Administrative Court ruled that a camera mounted on a drone is considered a CCTV camera for purposes of the Swedish Camera Surveillance Act (2013:460). The judgment meant that using a drone equipped with a camera, where the camera will be directed at

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DARPA – Teams Encouraged to Share Innovative Ideas for Swarm Systems

DARPA’s OFFensive Swarm-Enabled Tactics (OFFSET) program envisions future small-unit infantry forces using small unmanned aircraft systems (UASs) and/or small unmanned ground systems (UGSs) in swarms of 250 robots or more to accomplish diverse missions in complex urban environments. By leveraging and combining emerging technologies in swarm autonomy and human-swarm teaming,

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Mapbox Announces $164 Million Series C Financing Led by the SoftBank Vision Fund

Mapbox, the mapping and location platform for developers, today announced a $164 million Series C funding round led by the SoftBank Vision Fund, with participation from existing investors including Foundry Group, DFJ Growth, DBL Partners, and Thrive Capital. Mapbox provides developers and businesses with maps, location search, and direction services

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Book Review: ‘Swarm Troopers’ by David Hambling

‘Swarm Troopers’ has been around for a while, but nevertheless deserves reviewing and remains a worthwhile read and an important contribution to writing on drones and warfare. It was originally published in December 2015, yet in this fast moving field we are already beginning to see some of the

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Kespry Adds Seasoned Executives to Deepen Leadership Team

Kespry, the leading aerial intelligence platform provider, announced the appointment of Jon Wolken as senior vice president of sales and Paul Ross as vice president of marketing. Their extensive experience in scaling solution providers to enterprise organizations will help Kespry expand its go-to-market capabilities and rapidly increase the number of

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178 Community makes all the difference!

On todays episode we get to catch up with Josh and Austin about some community questions, new Flite Fest details(giveaways) and some AWESOME new developments from some great community members!

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US Air Force Breaking Barriers Since 1947

Since its inception in 1947, the US Air Force has consistently broken barriers as an element of the finest joint warfighting team on the planet, and its Airmen have refined its mission through innovation and teamwork. This video is one of 10 videos for the Air Force’s 70th Anniversary. The

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Leonardo DRS Gets $42M US Army C-UAS Contract

Leonardo DRS has been awarded a production contract from the U.S. Army, under an urgent operational need, to develop a comprehensive counter-unmanned aerial system (C-UAS) capability to protect soldiers from enemy drones. This contract follows an earlier award for similar prototype capabilities, and is worth up to $42 million. Leonardo

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Vodafone Tests Elistair Tethered Drone for 4G Coverage

Vodafone Group’s New Technologies and Innovation team has been experimenting in the hills of northern Andalucía with mobile relays mounted on Elistair tethered drone systems, The relays are based on a specially adapted 4G CrowdCell, because using that technology we do not need to modify the cellular radio network to

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HAZON Solutions – Crisis Response Lessons Learned

After sending crisis response teams to two separate hurricane response efforts in Texas and Florida, HAZON Solutions has taken a brief operational pause to reconstitute our teams and catalog our lessons learned (a habit formed through decades of flying in the US Navy). This process is fundamental to our continual

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3D Printed Titanium Mach 0.8 Rocket Powered Drone

3D printing gives manufacturers the power to create parts that cannot be built cost-effectively with other processes. In this video, Mark Kirby, manager of additive manufacturing at Renishaw Canada, shows off a special project for a North American aerospace customer: the Firefly, a 3D printed titanium rocket-powered drone that can

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New Chinese Fixed-Wing UAVs on Display

Chinese research and production company Tengoen Technology showed a new family of unmanned aerial vehicles at the recent 14th China-ASEAN Expo held in Nanning, China. Tengoen unveiled two fixed-wing UAVs—the TA001 “Striking Hawk” and the TB001 “Twin Tailed Scorpion”—and two rotary wing (VTOL) UAVs called the HA001 “Featherless Arrow” and

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UAVOS unmanned helicopters to operate in tropical climes

UAVOS INC. demonstrated to the representatives of the Army and the special operation forces of Indonesia an unmanned aerial complex with a gasoline-powered helicopter UVH-29E. Officials and experts from the Indonesian Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB), the National Search and Rescue Agency Republic of Indonesia (Basarnas), the National Agency for Combating

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Meet QuadSAT and their drone technology

Three new startups have moved into the Odense Robotics StartUp Hub located at the Danish Technological Institute in Odense. One of them is QuadSAT, a young team with big ambitions to radically change satellite communication using drone technology. Here you can meet the team – the hub’s first drone

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Saab signs contract for virtual control tower at Cranfield Airport

“The digital control tower will be a significant boost for Cranfield Airport and the research capabilities of the University”, says Professor Sir Peter Gregson Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive of Cranfield University. How does the digital technology work? A mast will be installed at Cranfield Airport, equipped with cameras and sensors

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